Should I join a major political party?
April 4, 2012 8:37 AM Subscribe
I'm a U.S. citizen currently registered as "No Party". Why should I, or shouldn't I, join one of the political parties?
posted by crapples to Law & Government (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I started out as a member of Party X*, but about 10 years ago I changed my affiliation to No Party (the only option in my state - we don't have an Independent party). I've been considering declaring a party affiliation again, but I can't convince myself that there's any good reason to.
You may ask what my political persuasions are. Well, that's just the problem: I'm sympathetic with one of the major parties probably 50% of the time. Sympathetic with the other one probably 15% of the time. The other 35% of the time I feel like they are both a big clown show.
I know which party I would join if I were to join one. But what's the use? What are the historical, philosophical, practical, civic, and other reasons for joining a party?
* I wrote this whole question using the actual political party names, but then went back and erased them because I don't want to digress into discussions about which party is best. I really just want to know why anyone would want to join any party.